In the early days of home computers, the mere ability to work with a machine in your own home, far away from the requirements and constraints of mainframes, was an idea that sold itself. It was irrelevant whether or not the resulting work at any lasting purpose. As the machines themselves were often underpowered, this irrelevance came in very handy.
Advances in the industry lead to machines with sound, graphics, and other features, which lent themselves to the ultimate demonstrations of the usefulness of these new appliances: games.
However, the huge potential for being games machines was quickly overshadowed by a more lucrative idea: being purchased and used by business and industry.
Alongside full-page ads about the amazing games and entertainment a customer could get, came ads lauding the potential for use by businesses: spreadsheets, word processors, databases, and inventory tracking. This button-down tie-wearing aspect of the home computer revolution has done nothing but grow in the decades since.
This collection presents the business case for home computers, providing many of the best-selling and not so best-selling business related software available to users from the 1970s and 1980s. By experiencing firsthand what the interface and potential of the software was, it is possible to get perspective on how far innovation has brought us. It also demonstrates the unique problem facing the makers of the software: how to show its strength and potential when its user interfaces seemed anything but.
This is by no means a comprehensive collection of all business software for home computers - currently it is focused on the Apple II family of computers, as well as the Atari 800. Over time, this collection will expand out to many more platforms and types of business software.
Please note: There is currently no way to save data entered into these programs. Please do not use them for your financial planning or dissertations.
Some highlights of this collection include:
||Applewriter II Training Disk
||The Atari Word Processor
||Bank Street Writer (Original)
||Better Working Word Processor
||The Correspondent v4.4
||Easy Working Writer v1.03
||Edit Version 3.9
||The First Xlent Word Processor
||FrEDWriter Verison 4.4
||The GT Estate Word Processor
||HomeWord Speller v1.0
||Magic Slate Version 1.2.2
||Magic Window II
||Mini Office II (Word Processor)
||PaperClip XL v1.2
||Term Paper Writer
||Univac ][ by The Serpent Version 2.2
||Word Juggler IIe v2.5
||Word Juggler IIe
||WordPerfect IIe/IIc Version 1.1
||Apple II Expense Tracker (A2X)
||Business Utilities v1.0
||Checkbook Analyzer Personal Finance
||The Clan Practical Accountant
||Dow Jones Stock Reporter
||The Home Accountant v2.0
||Home Worker v1.2
||Reports and Ratios
||Time is Money
||The Database Manager (1985)
||Easy Working Filer Version 1.01
||Information Master 5.0
||The GT Data Manager
||MECC Data Handler
||Mini Office II (Database)
||Easy Working: The Planner
||The Spread Sheet 2.0
||The SWIFT Spreadsheet
||Trio (TrioCalc, TrioWord, TrioFile)
||VisiCalc 1.74a (Atari)
||Calendar Program by Red Degroat